Agriculture

Farmers can now harvest the sun to profitability

Australia has a diverse agricultural, forestry and aquaculture sector that produces a range of crop and livestock products. The sector is also a significant export earner and employer in Australia.

Some of the greatest challenges for primary producers and the future of agriculture and aquaculture include drought and climate variability, food security and biosecurity, global competition, changing consumer preferences, and the rapid evolution of sustainable farming and circular bioeconomy.

Australia’s primary producers have shown in the past that they are willing to embrace innovation and adopt technology to improve productivity and adapt to harsh conditions. New technologies such as Solar PV can assist with both incremental and transformational changes that can help to increase the profitability, sustainability and productivity of Australia’s agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture industries.

Sutton Farms, Lower Tenthill, Queensland

A growing number of agricultural businesses are adopting Solar PV to power their daily operations. From powering the lighting and ventilation needs for industrial sheds for chicken and pig farming to pumping water for irrigation, and dynamically shifting consumption loads to optimise solar utilization.

Solar PV serves to lower the cost of production, reduce energy costs, and help to replace the use of diesel fuel. Innovative finance models such as Power Purchase Agreement or Chattel Mortgage enable savings from day one with no upfront capital outlay.

Solar is particularly attractive for primary producers for the following reasons:

  • Solar PV presents the opportunity to develop irrigation systems into arid land and develop for farming purposes.
  • Solar offers significant energy and costs savings and helps protect against future increases in electricity costs.
  • Solar PV helps to displace expensive diesel fuel use.
  • Solar PV performance and operation can be remotely monitored through our cloud based and secure platform.
  • Hybrid systems comprise solar PV and battery storage can be used to conserve and store energy for non-peak use and for off grid power supplies in the absence of the grid, to power remote sites.

McNamee Partners, Millmerran, Queensland